RN- Case manager, inpatient services
Department of Veterans Affairs - Las Vegas, NV

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VHA-593-13-JS-847148- RN- Case manager- Inpatient

"To fulfill President Lincoln's promise-"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan"-by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans."

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The Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) has a current RN vacancy for a RN, Case Manager- Inpatient
VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.
We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

The incumbent is assigned to the Office of Nursing Service located at the MOFH as a Case Manager. The Nurse functions as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team managing a defined but dynamic caseload of patients. The nurse practices in a complex patient care setting in collaboration with interdisciplinary colleagues and the department nurse manager. Practices in a complex patient care setting with minimal supervision. Based upon education and experience, this nurse is assigned as a preceptor to new or less experienced staff. The population served includes male and female patients ranging in age from eighteen to the senior years of life. The incumbent provides case management to patients who are treated for acute and chronic medical and surgical diagnoses in the following specialties: General surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, ears/nose/throat (ENT), urology, nephrology, infectious disease, cardiac, pulmonary, podiatry, psychiatric, general medicine, and critical care. The incumbent’s role as case manager includes but is not limited to: direct care coordinator, educator, advocate, and consultant. The incumbent develops nursing diagnoses from relevant assessment data. He/she identifies expected patient outcomes and interventions to achieve the outcomes, in collaboration with the Veteran and/or family members/significant others. He/she acts in role of leader and change agent. The incumbent serves as a member of an Ad Hoc nursing committee, workgroup or organizational committee, workgroup. He/she completes all training and competency requirements within identified timeframes. The incumbent may be assigned to cross cover in other inpatient areas/clinics within his/her competency level. Incumbent will be able to set up or reprocess Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as applicable and be certified annually on the specific equipment for which they are responsible. The incumbent must familiarize self with how their activities impact VA’s goals to implement sound stewardship practices that are protective of the air, water, land, and other natural and cultural resources.

Relocation expense : Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position
Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Full unrestricted licensure, certification, or registration.
  • Minimum 3- 5 years recent nursing experience in a hospital setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of disease and treatment processes
  • AHA approved BLS certificate
  • Minimum of a BSN degree

DUTIES: Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Provides age-specific care for population defined in Position Summary by adapting care and altering the environment according to knowledge of normal growth and development for each age group, knowledge regarding the different communication needs for each age group, knowledge regarding the safety risks for each age group, and knowledge regarding medications, dosages, and possible side effects for each age group.

2. Demonstrates knowledge and/or required safety skills in the area of assignment and when appropriate in the following: emergency preparedness, infection control, hazardous materials, fire and equipment failure emergency plans and utility outage response procedures for their area.

3. Demonstrates clinical competence in performing practice specific and selected specialized procedures/competencies according to the area of assignment.

4. Initiates and leads staff through a training process regarding role of Case Manager and Discharge Planning. Evaluates outcomes of learning experiences.

5. Consistently conducts self in a manner that demonstrates adherence to standards of professional practice and patient care.

6. Functions as a consultant to others in analyzing and addressing communication problems, which affect interpersonal relations. Incorporates principles of communication and group process.

7. Conducts and leads others in patient education including preventive care, health management, pain control, depression/suicide, diagnosis specific information, post-operative management; discharge planning, post hospitalization resources, community resources, and taking medications responsibly.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This Registered Nurse (RN) is a graduate of a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited school of nursing and meets Veterans Affairs (VA) professional and physical requirements as set forth in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook
5005, and VA Directive 5102.1 dated March 27, 2009.
Current, unrestricted nursing license from any of the 50 states, or territory or commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. Minimum Bachelors degree in Nursing preferred
3-5 Years recent experience in a hospital setting

Salary Determination: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.
o Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Education/Experience Requirements:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. applicants can verify accreditation at the following
website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (CGFNS), or International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) certificate, with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome .

BENEFITS: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

OTHER INFORMATION: If selected, a one (1) year commitment to this position is required.
· This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
· Must be a U.S Citizen to apply for this position.
· You will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.
· Applicants must submit all required documents at the time of applying. If documents are not received, the applicants will not be considered.
· Salary is based on Nurse Professional Standards Board.
· The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System uses Vet Pro Credentialing System.
· After appointment, you will be subject to random drug testing.
· Must successfully complete a background security investigation before appointed into this position.
· Must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
· Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
· This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
· If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
· You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.
· Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...